The next time you’re making something – a quilt, a stuffed animal, a dress – and you’re stressing out about a place where your seams don’t line up, or a little pucker in the sewing, or eyes that aren’t exactly level, stop.
Stop and take a deep breath.
Remember why you’re making what you’re making.
If it’s for a show and you really, really, really want to win a ribbon – well, you really do need to stress about those tiny details. Sorry. (I don’t do that any more and that decision makes me happy every day.)
If it’s for any other reason – relax.
No one else will ever look at your work as critically as you do.
Not only will your best friend not care that that seam intersection is off by 1/8″ – she won’t even notice. She’ll be touched that you put so much time and love into something made especially for her. Look! You used all of her favorite colors! Even orange, and she knows you hate orange.
Your granddaughter will not notice that there’s a little pucker where you attached the sleeve to the dress for her doll. It’s under the doll’s arm, for Pete’s sake! And she’s too busy putting the dress on and taking it off for the hundredth time.
Your son will not notice that the eyes on his new teddy bear are a little crooked. He’ll be too busy hugging it close.
So really think about all the “mistakes” you see.
Will it interfere with all the love the recipient wants to give it?
If you wobbled and have a spot where there’s practically no seam allowance on your quilt and you’re worried the seam will pop the first time it’s washed – fix it. If you used the wrong seam allowance sewing the doll dress and now the sleeves won’t fit over the hands – fix it. If an eyeball is loose on the teddy bear and in danger of popping off and inspiring nightmares – fix it.
If it’s anything else – all those little things only you will notice – then let it go.
Which would you rather receive? A gift made with love? Or a gift made with stress, swearing and sweat?
I thought so. 🙂